Anatol Kotte was born in Minden Westfalen, the son of a graphic designer and a seamstress. 1981 he started working as an assistant for various advertising photographers. During this time he discovered his passion for portraiture that he has kept to this day. After assisting for a few years and working mostly for magazines, he decided to take the step to being an independent photographer in 1988. Soon enough he started working for first clients and receiving awards such as his work for Michael Schirner that was awarded by the Art Directors Club in 1990.
His first solo exhibition in the PPS gallery, Hamburg in 1993 was soon followed by many more. Next to his artistic and commercial work, Anatol never lost his love for portraits and continues capturing politicians, actors and personalities from many different fields such as Angela Merkel, Rihanna and Jeff Goldblum for international magazines.
His first portraiture book was released in 2015.
Anatol Kotte is living with his wife and four daughters in Hamburg.
CELEBRITIES / ARTISTS:
Sienna Miller, Till Schweiger, Angelique Kerber, Tim Mälzer, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ewan McGregor, Diana Krall, Rihanna, Collien Ulmen-Fernandes, Marie Furtwängler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jürgen Vogel, Natalia Wörner, Jana Pallaske, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum, Helen Schneider, Joe Delanane, Joachim Krol, Matthias Schweighöfer, Marjana von Berlepesch, Gabriele Thyssen, Krister Henriksson, Walter Röhrl, Katharina Schüttler, Jan Hoet, Anthony Hamilton, Collien Fernandes, Carsten Maschmeyer, Sir Roger More, Tina Thurner, Rufus Wainwright, Florence Welch, Samy Deluxe, Udo Lindenberg, Stefan Aust, Uwe Fahrenkrog, Hana Nitsche, Jessye Norman, Jörg Immendorff, Gitta Sayy, Richard Baker, Karoline Echhorn, Diana Krall, Thees Uhlmann, John Lurie, Markus Boysen, Axel Milberg, Marleen Lohse, Charly Hübner, Nicole Heesters, Katharia Wackernagel, Frank Plasberg, Mehmet Scholl, Katrin Bauerfeind, Eckart von HIrschhausen, Michael Ballak, Barbara Schöneberger, Hardy Krüger Jr., Jana Pallaske, Maxine Brown, Claus Kleber, Lenny Kravitz, Judith Rakers, Feridun Zaimoglu, Elyas M'Barek, Christian Lindner, Charly Hübner, Alicia von Rittberg